Galaxy Note 4 vs. Nexus 6 – Comparison and Differences

The Samsung Note 4 is the latest smartphone released by the Korean electronics giant, while the Nexus 6 is going to be the new flagship smartphone from Google. The Nexus series of smartphones have been really popular with customers because of its decent features and fair specifications coupled with an affordable price.

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Presented below is a comparison between these two amazing devices.

The Design

The Note 4 is quite a good looking phone with a premium look and feel. It measures 153.5 X 78.6 X 8.5mm and weighs just 176g, which is incredible for a phablet. The Note 4 consists of a plastic frame adorned by a metal border that surrounds the sides. The casing still has a fake leather appearance, but the faux stiches seen on the older version have been removed. Astunningly big screen and a physical home button with capacitive back keys on either side complete the clean and seamless design of the Note 4.

The Nexus range of smartphones have always been known for its simple design and cool features. The Nexus 6 will be no different. The sleek body will still be made of plastic, but it may come with a flexible, curved display. We can only wait and watch.

The Screen

The Galaxy Note 4 comes with an awe-inspiring Super AMOLED Quad HD 5.7 inches screen loaded with 2K (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution and an incredible 515 ppi. Users will revel in the impressive displays loaded with bright vivid colors, stark contrasts, and awesome viewing angles. The screen also features ‘adaptive display’ which changes the light as per the image being seen on screen. The detailing of images and videos is exquisite resulting in a serene viewing experience.

The Nexus 6 will come with a full HD or a UDH (ultra high definition) Corning Gorilla Glass5.2inches screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Other details such as the pixel density, etc., have not been revealed by Google as yet. It is suffice to say that the Nexus 6 will more likely come with better specs than its predecessors.

The Performance

The Galaxy Note 4 comes in 2 versions. Some markets will have a Note 4 powered by a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processorand the powerful Adreno 420 GPU, while other markets will sell Note 4s featuring Samsung Exynos octa-core processorswith ARM’s new A53 and A57 quad cores built into a big.Little architecture. Both variants feature 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and microSD storage of up to 64 GB. The devices will run on Android 4.4 KitKatOS with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. These hardware and software features make the Note 4 one of the most powerful smartphones. Users will be delighted with the seamless multitasking and smooth everyday use.

The Nexus 6 will come with either a 2.0 GHz octa-core MT6752 SoC, or a 64-bit Quad-core MT6732 chip clocking in at 1.5 GHz, backed up by 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal memory. When compared on purely numerical terms, the Note 4 is a lot more powerful than the Nexus 6. However, users are less likely to notice any major processor capacity differences between the two. The Nexus 6 will definitely run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS without any additional UI.

The Camera

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 16 MP rear camera and a 3.7 MP front camera. The primary camera comes loaded with numerous novel features including f1.9 aperture which allows 60 percent more entry of light into the camera, wide angle shots, a default shooting angle of 90 degrees,and 120 degrees of spatial awareness. It also features optical image stabilization which allows for better shots, clearer videos, and great photos in low light conditions. The front camera has a new panorama mode which allows for easy capture of wide shots such as group selfies.

It is rumored that the Nexus 6 will come with a monstrous 20 MP front camera with HDR mode and dim light sensitivity, or a 13 MP rear camera and a solid 5.0 MP secondary camera.

The Battery

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 3200 mAh battery. It features many new options like an ‘ultra power saving mode’ which allows almost 24 hours of battery time on 10 percent battery charge, and ‘fast charging’ which can charge nearly 50 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes.

The Nexus 6 will feature either a 3100 mAh or 3200 mAh Li-Polymer battery. That is more than enough juice for any type of smartphone.


In the US, the Note 4 is available with T-Mobile,AT&T,US Cellular, Sprint, and Verizon for about $300 on a 24-month contract. Off-contract price is about $600.

The older model of Nexus was priced $399 for 32GB and $349 for 16GB. The Nexus 6 is most likely to be more expensive. Users who want good specs but do not want to shell out a bomb for their smartphones, or lug around a big handset, can go for the Nexus 6.

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